The Q&A Archives: How do we get blueberry fruit from the trees being sold in WI

Question: I stopped at a local HD and found blueberry trees... with a note that said to provide fruit the trees had to be mixed with another type of blueberry tree. There was no one there to ask if they had another type or what to do... I'd love to have fresh blueberries!!!! Tell me what to buy and how to plant them. Smiling Colleen in Wisconsin

Answer: Your Japanese Blueberry Tree is Elaeocarpus decipiens. It will produce fruit by itself but will produce heavier crops if you have a second Japanese Blueberry Tree in your landscape. New leaves are rusty and hairy, turning smooth and bright green; Old leaves turn red before dropping. Blooms with tiny, scented, white flowers in clusters followed by small, blue-black, edible fruits. Likes rich, well-drained soil. Needs little pruning. Plant your trees in full sunshine, digging the hole just slightly larger than the nursery pot. Place the rootmass in the hole and backfill with the soil you took out of the hole. Water deeply to help settle the soil and remember to water well once a week during the growing season.

Best wishes with your new blueberry tree!

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